Pathway Family Services

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2600 G Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
United States

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DayHours
Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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It Takes a Village. We Are That Village.

Right now in California, there are a large number of children that, due to abuse and neglect, need to be placed in loving, stable foster homes. Currently there are more than 62,000 children placed in foster care in California and within that number are 62,000 stories of loss, hurt, abandonment, grief, and sorrow. Who will step into these young lives and change these tragic stories into stories of redeemed hope – one child, one story at a time?


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many do not realize the need for new resource families in California. The number of foster kids outnumber the foster families who can provide short or long-term care. Foster advocates work hard to find places for these children, but it is not easy.

The latest 2021 report from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report in California says there are:

  • 47,871 kids in California's foster care system
  • 22,892 who entered foster care
  • 15,386 foster kids awaiting adoption
  • California foster kids across all ages, with a median of 8 years
  • 33% whose foster child case plans include adoption

A child's median time in the California foster care system is over a year at 16.8 months. 13% spend 3-4 years in foster care.

California needs foster parents to take in multiple children if they have the time and energy to care for them. Sibling groups often need care, and it is essential to support these family bonds. In California, it is challenging to find homes for teenagers, though they need stable environments and reliable adults to support them.


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